How to Lose Weight Naturally
Weight loss is an attainable goal for anyone who has the desire to improve their quality of life. You can have a slim physique regardless of age, gender or size.
If you're tired of be overweight and exhausted all the time then now is the time to take your health & happiness into your own hands.
It all begins with the desire for change. To take the first step on your weight loss journey you must dig deep and answer the question "Why?"
Why do you want to live a healthier life? Do you want to lose weight for you or is someone else pushing you to lose a few pounds? If you're trying to lose weight because someone is pressuring you to, it will be next to impossible.
You may lose weight, but you will most likely gain it all back plus a few more pounds once the pressure to lose weight is eased. You have to do it for You!
BELIEVE IN YOUR ABILITY TO SUCCEED
The first step to successful weight loss is to truly believe that you well deserve to have a healthy strong body. You must acknowledge this and realize that you are incredible just as you are now. You have to believe in you to attain your goals with less effort, and that you are praiseworthy of achieving great success.
You need to set goals that reflect your own personal desires ~ not your parent's, spouse or friends. You need to discover your own truth and beauty that you were born with. Change comes from within.
By having loving thoughts of yourself, rather than negative, you will begin to reclaim your power and you will find your inner strength to have the willpower to create the body of your dreams.
We all have our ups and downs, I do too. When I'm really fatigued I can easily fall into a self pity party mentality and can mindlessly let my "eating clean" guard down.
It's not a fun road to be on that's for sure, but when I do get off track and fall off the wagon I realize it, then regroup my thoughts and emotions, and get right back on track that will enable me to accomplish my fitness goals and dreams.
EMOTIONAL CHECK LIST
Emotions are very powerful in many ways. You can either make or break your fitness diet plan with just your emotions and attitude alone. It's important not to brush your feelings under the rug, take note of how you feel and deal with them.
If you have jealousy, resentment, anger, fear or frustrations towards yourself or anyone else, these emotions will block your energy fields which will make you feel tired, stressed and depressed. Let those feelings go! Having negative feelings only harms you not the person you are mad at.
Instead of having yucky feelings all the time for something that happened in the past, see those whom you perceived to have hurt you in one way or another as a gift in your life to teach you what you don't want.
See the good in them, then forgive & forget. Choose to allow the memories that upset you to subside. As you practice this daily you will find that your spirit will be lifted, you'll have tons more energy and you will be friendlier to those you come in contact with.
Your energies will shift from a low, negative frequency to a high, vibrant full of life frequency, which creates feelings of love, joy & gratitude.
YOU need to consciously choose to be happy and to have thoughts of creation and gratitude for your body as it is now. By being thankful and positive about yourself you will have a firm foundation to reach your goals. It truly all begins from within.
A WEIGHT LOSS SUCCESS STORY
I have a dear friend who recently contacted me explaining that she and her sweet husband took my LivFit Lifestyle to heart and decided to eat healthier foods and to exercise daily.
They improved their lives in remarkable ways. Their decision to lose weight and eat healthy foods has improved their health and personal happiness immensely. Here is what she had to say...
Hey cutie, I had to tell you that Rick has now lost a total of 60 pounds!!! I have lost 30, and now exercise every day. I do weights and cardio. I am following your eating plan, and working to overcome my food addiction :) Whenever I feel a little discouraged, I look at your picture, say a prayer, and trust that I too can improve my quality of life. I thank God that he allowed our paths to cross! As we both know, the greatest teacher is example. That is what Christ did while here on the earth. He lived his beliefs, and here we are today, following his example. One day this summer I will bring Shakiya out to visit you and Xander :) Love ~ Shane.. 6/5/11
I'm so proud of Shane & Rick! They are on a golden path of longevity and happiness that they can embrace throughout their life. They're not living on a diet; they're living my LivFit Lifestyle!
It's an awesome feeling to set fitness and weight loss goals and then achieve them slowly, one by one. Always remember it's not about the destination but the journey and the beautiful life lessons learned along the way.
If losing weight seems too overwhelming then begin with baby steps. You don't have to jump in with both feet, just take one step at a time.
Start with your food choices and portion size. Eat frequently, aim for 5 to 6 small meals a day. Eat every 3 hours to jump-start and keep your metabolism burning optimally.
A portion size for protein & complex carbs (not simple carbs) is about the size of the palm of your hand. Try to have lean protein such as whey protein powder, chicken, tuna, fish, lean red meats or egg (whites) with each meal.
Stay away from sugars, sodium and processed foods. Read the labels, many foods have hidden sugars and sodium; always, always make it a habit to read nutritional labels. By eliminating these foods alone you'll lose weight quickly, even without exercise.
Sugar will not only spikes your insulin level but it can damage your heart and creates belly fat as well. It also causes your body to crash soon after leaving you feeling tired and lethargic, which ultimately will cause a viscous cycle of wanting more sugar for energy.
Watch for hidden sugars in fruit juices, sauces, condiments, soups and in cereals to name a few. Always read nutritional labels, if it has more than 5 grams of sugar per serving, don't eat it!
Be more active and try to move more. You don't have to do cardio and lift weights right off the bat, you can move more in your everyday life. Park farther away from your destination and take the stairs when you can. Moving more will increase your metabolism and you'll feel better too.
Begin today to believe in you! Believe that you are worthy to attain your goals. Believe that you can do it! Then set 3 small short-term goals each week, make a game plan and follow through.
If you fall off the "healthy eating" wagon, that's okay, just brush yourself off and reassure yourself that you ate poorly for only one meal! Don't give up, just regroup and move forward keeping your mind laser focused on your goals.
Before you know it you will be much closer to reaching your weight loss & fitness goals, then at last you will be victorious!
Embrace Your Journey to Success!
r is the author of Ridiculously Happy! The Secret to Manifesting the Life & Body of Your Dreams. Carol is a highly sought after Lifestyle Fitness Coach, and is well known for the amazing transformations she creates in her clients’ lives. Carol is a Motivational Speaker and is passionate about inspiring women to live a ridiculously happy, fit life of their dreams. Carol is an ongoing featured expert on national media and online websites. She is dedicated to assisting young women, and helped develop an empowerment horseback riding program for the nonprofit foundation, Bridle Up Hope: The Rachel Covey Foundation. Carol is a happily married mother of 3. Connect with Carol on Facebook to receive her health, fitness & happiness tips by joining her on Twitter. Visit CarolWhitaker.com to learn more about her services along with tools and secrets to discover how to create your best life today. - See more at: http://livsxinneygirl.blogspot.com/2013/11/5-keys-to-livejoyfully-intodays-world.html#more